Primary Outreach – Globe Education

Globe Education can bring specific workshops
locally within the community of Southwark, within London, nationally and
internationally, bringing Shakespeare’s stories into schools developing speaking and listening skills and reading and writing skills immersing children in a rich vocabulary and a creative environment. Children as Storytellers is
an eight-week module working with teachers and Globe Education Practitioners; so actors and arts professionals who are trained in the pedagogy old Shakespeare and The Globe. It’s a very immersive approach, so it’s
all about being playful with the plays. Children see a relevancy of that play on
their lives now and they’ll discover it – they don’t need to be told it. Sometimes adults have to be told the relevancy of Shakespeare on our lives now, and they’ve cracked it at five and six. We’ve developed some fantastic modules
for Key Stage 2 in year four on King Lear and Macbeth,
and pupils really love these stories. It really develops their speaking and listening skills, and it also gives them great models for writing. So it immerses them in a story structure
which can become their own and which they can then innovate. And we have seen children are using a vocabulary that the class teacher would never have dreamed of them
using before, because the rhythm of that language really gets inside their bodies and gets inside their heads and inspires them to be a lot more playful with words. On all fronts, from your more capable pupils to the children who have barriers to learning children to children who don’t have any English at all, it’s impact is on everybody really, on children with all capabilities. So I was involved directly in a primary
school transition project from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 2, so I was working with the Key Stage 1 year group, my colleague working with the Key Stage 2 year group, we were rehearsing one play, and then we came together for a celebratory performance, in the school that the Key Stage 1 pupils
were transitioning to. So it just gives those pupils lots of confidence and a story to be able to talk about and
to make their own. On the day of the performance I was nervous but mainly
excited becuase I’d never really done acting in front of the crowd before, so
there was that bit of nerve but the excitement kind of balanced it out. It was fun, and I enjoyed it. It would be good if we carried on learning about Shakespeare. The teachers, they learn with the children and that’s pretty powerful stuff because it absolutely gave them the confidence to take risks that they perhaps wouldn’t have taken when
looking at a text or coming up with an outcome that is a performance. Because the Globe has the expertise in education
and in learning and teaching, there’s a knowledge there about the curriculum, so it’s working for teachers who know the needs of their school and the needs of their
pupils and creating something that best helps to develop creativity and literacy
within those young people. Children I’ve known who have come through our nursery, and through reception into Year one, in that first term had been struggling with a lot of intervention, and I can’t tell you… I mean unlocking that purpose for writing, a secret story, it comes from long ago, it’s placed here it’s… you know, that I mean that’s why I want it in my school all the time.

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